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Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov

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    What to Expect
    Meet your driver-guide/forest ranger in central Brașov in the late afternoon and set off by air-conditioned minivan or car into the Carpathian Mountains of Romania's Transylvania region.

    The area’s forests are known as bear country and home to the wild Carpathian brown bear. Around 5,000 of these animals are believed to live in the dense forests, hills and mountain meadows, alongside other wildlife including lynx, wild boar, wolves and deer.

    As you travel, gain fascinating insights into the brown bears, hearing how they can grow to enormous sizes, with some males reaching up to 770 pounds (350 kgs). Learn about their lives in the wild, and how their sharp sense of smell is vital in ensuring their survival.

    On arrival, your forest ranger will escort you to one of the numerous, specially designed bear hides in a restricted area of the forest. After a safety briefing, set off with the experienced ranger, following a wooded path to the secure and camouflaged hide.

    After roughly 20 minutes, arrive at the hide and settle in to watch for bears. Stay quiet and enjoy ample time to look for these magnificent animals.

    There’s around an 80% chance of sightings, and you may be lucky enough to observe everything from large males lumbering through the trees to females playing with their cubs: it's an unforgettable experience to see them roam free in their natural habitat. Snap photos and watch for other wildlife such as boar, roe and red deer, and the game birds known to live here.

    When your viewing time is up, walk back through the forest accompanied by the ranger and reconvene with your driver-guide. Your experience then ends with drop-off in central Brașov.

    Please note: The forest ranger accompanying you in the forest may carry a handgun for your protection in extreme situations.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Brasov, Brasov, Brasov County, Central Romania, Transylvania

    Traveler pickup is offered
    The starting time is between 16:00 - 18:00, depending of the month!

    We inform you about the exact pick up time/meeting time with 2-3 days before!

    Extra charges apply if you are staying in Poiana Brasov resort!
    Duration
    4h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Professional driver-guide
    • Round-trip transport by air-conditioned car or minivan
    • Forest ranger escort in forest
    • Hotel (only from Brasov city) pickup and drop-off
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks
    • Photography tax if photos for professional use
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Dress warmly: sturdy, waterproof footwear and warm clothing recommended
    • Do NOT dress in bright colors
    • Do NOT use any perfume
    • Do NOT bring any food with you
    • Minimum booking numbers apply (2 pax). If you would like to join as 1 person please note that the price for 2 is be applicable
    • Minimum age allowed: 12 years old.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 days ago

    We had some perfect hours with a perfect guide, and a absolutely perfect experience with brown bear ( and a very noisy mouse), with perfect photo opportunities. Couldn't have been better.

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank pto2015
    MarianTirla222, Owner at Active Travel, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

    Couldn't have been better, for sure! Thank you!!!

    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Wow - what an experience! My normally very noisy 9yr old managed to keep quiet for 3 whole hours and we spotted 7 bears - even one in the forest on our way back to the car!!!! Definitely the highlight of our trip

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Bulletproofkate
    MarianTirla222, Owner at Active Travel, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

    Thank you for your review! Indeed, it is a remarkable experience!

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    We very much enjoyed the tour and saw several bears, including a quite large male. The walk to the blind is an easy one and the blind itself is a comfortable place to watch the bears from. Just stay quiet and be patient and you...More

    Thank 239markk
    MarianTirla222, Owner at Active Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    You are right, Mark! It is a great experience! Thank you for booking with us!

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    The bear experience was very good. Everything went very well. The guide 'x' told us a lot about the life of the brown bear and we could ask anything we want. It was perhaps even better if we could watch a little longer.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Lina S
    MarianTirla222, Owner at Active Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Thank you for your review, Lina! The bears had to go to sleep!

    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    This was a very enjoyable activity, and we were lucky enough to watch four bears and a fox from our hide. Our guide, Radu-Alexandru, was excellent. He was very knowledgeable about bears, their customs, habitat, etc. and was able to explain and answer all our...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
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    MarianTirla222, Owner at Active Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    We really thank you for your detailed review!

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    beastie10
    16 August 2019|
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    Response from X6672DTjamesd | Reviewed this property |
    You can only book on their homepage through October, which might be related to a lack of tourists in town at that time. But, it’s also around the time the bears go into hibernation.
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    Vanessa-clair F
    30 June 2019|
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    Response from tinmen | Reviewed this property |
    I believe sightings are more likely between May and the end of October. They are wild so a sighting is not guaranteed.
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    John B
    11 June 2019|
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    Response from PennyBattersea |
    HI I think the maximum is 8 for this tour. We were only 4. They do have a few hides but the one we were in was about 75 to 100 yards from the bears. We saw 5 bears Just to mention the hides have glass windows which do not... More
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